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October 10, 2015, Saturday
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo asks the Sandiganbayan to allow him to travel & stay in Japan & Hong Kong for 12 days. 7 hours ago |
  • LTFRB suspends the franchises for 30 units of Dagupan Bus. 7 hours ago |
  • Number of fatalities in fire that hit Leyte Prison and Penal Farm rises to 10. 7 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman has also issued a dismissal order against Masbate Gov. Rizalina Lanete. 7 hours ago |
  • Director General Joel Villanueva resigns from TESDA in view of his plan to join the senatorial race. 8 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp says the Ombudsman’s dismissal order vs. Mayor Binay was done in haste. 8 hours ago |
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  • Ombudsman’s order includes Mayor Binay’s dismissal from service & perpetual disqualification from public office. 8 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman’s dismissal order for Mayor Binay is in connection with his plunder case over the alleged overpriced Makati City parking building. 8 hours ago |
  • Rep. Abby Binay says Mayor Binay is planning to file his COC next week & run for a third term. 8 hours ago |
  • Rep. Abby Binay says Mayor Binay can still appeal the Ombudsman’s dismissal order at the Court of Appeals. 8 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman cites grave misconduct & serious dishonesty as reasons for Makati Mayor Junjun Binay’s dismissal. 8 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman orders the dismissal of suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. 8 hours ago |
  • The 5-day period for filing of the Certificates of Candidacy (COC) begins on Monday Oct. 12. 12 hours ago |
  • Comelec conducts a demonstration on how to properly file the Certificates of Candidacy (COC). 12 hours ago |
  • Fmr. SAF Chief Getulio Napenas laments no one is being charged for the death of 9 SAF commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut. 12 hours ago |
  • Ayala Bridge in Manila to be closed to motorists at 10 pm Friday. 12 hours ago |
  • Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista eyes a third term. 12 hours ago |
  • Jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam wants to run for a senate seat. 12 hours ago |
  • OFW Party-list Rep. Seneres says he has a vice-presidential bet & a complete senatorial line-up. 12 hours ago |
  • OFW Party-list Rep. Roy Seneres hopes he won’t be seen as a nuisance candidate after he announced his pres’l bid. 12 hours ago |
  • 3 inmates bolt prison in Tabaco, Albay. 12 hours ago |
  • 9 inmates die in fire that broke out in Abuyog, Southern Leyte prison. 12 hours ago |
  • About 60 members from PH & U.S. Marine Corps take part in an amphibious landing exercise in Ternate, Cavite. 13 hours ago |
  • Sen. Honasan absent in Cebu City event where Binay announced the senator’s bid for the vice presidency. 13 hours ago |
  • Binay announced the ‘Binay-Honasan’ tandem at UNA’s political event in Cebu City. 13 hours ago |
  • Binay announces Sen. Gringo Honasan is his running mate in the 2016 elections. 13 hours ago |
  • Fire out declared at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion at 10:30 am on Friday. 13 hours ago |
  • Fire hits University of Santo Tomas’ new multi-purpose gymnasium ‘Quadricentennial Pavilion’ on Friday morning. 13 hours ago |
  • Body of man involved in Thursday’s hostage-taking in Manila has yet to be identified and claimed. 13 hours ago |
  • De Lima took her oath as LP member at Balay headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City. 13 hours ago |
  • Justice Sec. Leila de Lima takes oath as Liberal Party member. 13 hours ago |
  • 5 towns in Maguindanao declared as areas of concern for this coming election period. 14 hours ago |
  • 5 suspected carnappers killed in an encounter with police in Payatas Road, Quezon City. 14 hours ago |

The game of slinging mud

By Marlon C. Magtira | May. 05, 2013 at 12:01am
A leading senatorial candidate this week cried during a press conference she called to “clear her name” after allegations surfaced that she failed to declare a property in the US for many years.

She accused another candidate, running on the same coalition ticket, no less, of engineering the attack so that she could be dislodged from the top spot she had always occupied in poll surveys.

Another candidate seeking re-election was accused of being a wife-beater by another candidate. The accuser was a relative of the wife and, more importantly, spent a few years in the Senate before it was found that he had benefited from election fraud in 2007.

The wife subsequently came forward and denied that her husband, from whom she is estranged, was ever violent with her.

Yet another candidate saw his survey ratings slide after being badmouthed by the parents of his girlfriend, a movie star. The elders claimed the senator was ill-mannered and had seduced their daughter.

Finally, allegations of murder against a first-time senatorial candidate have resurfaced after three decades. The candidate, son of one of the most powerful officials at that time, is said to have shot a young man at a party.

These stories are what make Philippine elections what they are. Filipinos love the slime and scandal in the same way that we follow soap operas with hyperbolic plots and unrealistic lines.

Outside of the entertainment factor, how the candidates respond to such attacks, outside of the press releases, gives us a clue about their nature.

And this is just the national sphere.

In these last few days before the elections, we should expect more of this kind of circus. We must, however, refuse to let it define the results. Elections must be decided by track record, merit and integrity. If we allow ourselves to be swayed by negative propaganda in our laziness to get to the bottom of issues and scrutinize the candidates vying for our vote, then we would end up as losers, even though we did not run in the first place.
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